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Old 08-31-2011, 02:02 PM   #1
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Outside of NYC, but still within the U.S., where do you like to eat?

what's the coolest noise made by food?

Guilty pleasure late-night snack?

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Outside of NYC, but still within the U.S., where do you like to eat?
In Chicago: Tre Kronor, Bin 36, Ribs and Bibs; In Boston: Rialto, Santarpio's Pizza, Hamersley's Bistro, Turner Fisheries, Summer Shack, can't remember the name of the clam shack in Essex!; In NoCal: Scoma's, Zuni Cafe, Zin, Bistro Jeanty and of course, in New Jersey... Madame Claude, CulinAriane, Lorena's, Light Horse, Edward's Steak House, still searching for good pizza!

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Peanut butter and Guittard chocolate chip sandwich. Homemade ice cream.
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Old 08-31-2011, 03:31 PM   #3
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I think there's another thread to visit for this sort of question, but looks like you might be a good person to recommend a lobster restaurant in the Bar Harbor, ME, vicinity. Might you know of the one to look up for a vacationing lobster-lover?
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...can't remember the name of the clam shack in Essex!; ...


Woodman's?
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:15 PM   #5
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first dish you cooked?

first dish you messed up? (who was watching?)
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:47 PM   #6
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What was your "ah ha moment" when you knew that you would make cooking your life's work?

Other than Julia, who has been/still is your biggest inspiration (famous or in your life)?

Who is your best critic?
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:53 AM   #7
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Woodman's?
definitely not. have never cared much for Woodman's Clam Rolls. I'll have to find out.
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first dish you cooked?
That's a hard one. I started out in the kitchen at 3 cutting out Christmas cookies; at 5 I was making the gravy for Sunday dinner. But the first dish I remember cooking was something called "Shrimp Wiggle." I think it was from "Miss B's First Cookbook." or something like that. I was probably 8?

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I don't have recollection of very many mess-ups. but for sure I remember the first Christmastime my folks were coming to MY house to stay for the holiday and I was making Christmas Eve dinner. Mom was famous for a sour cream coffee cake we all loved, and I wanted to make it for dessert. However, my oven was waaaaaaaaaay off temperature. I had never thought to test the temp before. and no matter how long I left the cake in the oven, it didn't bake. At all! I tossed it and made a batch of brownies, which I had to leave in the almost cold oven for 3 or 4 hours, but they did set up properly. Thank Heavens for brownies' forgivingness! The day after Christmas I called the gas company to come out and reset my oven!

No one was watching, but my whole family learned about it when we sat down to dinner Christmas Eve.
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Old 09-01-2011, 09:05 AM   #9
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What was your "ah ha moment" when you knew that you would make cooking your life's work?
I didn't have one. I was out of work, and pretty despondent over being passed over for jobs I was already overqualified for. A good friend suggested I start a catering business, and -- in fact -- shoved me into it. She was a PR writer, who not only named my company, but helped me write a letter of introduction to 100 friends and acquaintances (which I copied longhand onto hot pink stationery). And I was in business.

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My mom and her sister, my Aunt Eleanor. They were the two best cooks I knew then, and they still qualify for that pantheon I call "Truly Great Cooks." Neither of them ever cooked anything that I (nor anyone else I knew) didn't like, or want to eat again. In today's vernacular, "they rocked!"

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do you mean of my cooking?
that would be/have been my former catering partner and also my cousin who has been my business partner for eons. They keep/kept me grounded.
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What is your perfect dinner?
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Do you watch cooking shows on TV?

Do you use cookbooks for recipes or reference?
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Name one of your favorite restaurants?

What's the best thing you've ever eaten?

What's the worst you've eaten?
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What is your perfect dinner?
That's a loaded question! I'm a very seasonal eater, so this time of year it would include summer squash, tomatoes, corn -- things not available fresh and locally in February -- and soft shell crabs. Maybe a lamb chop.
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Do you watch cooking shows on TV?
Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, sometimes Chopped, ICA if one of my friends is competing.

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Name one of your favorite restaurants?
In New York I love Tribeca Grill. There are so many great restaurants, famous and not, big and small, both here and in other cities I've lived and visit. That's an almost impossible question to answer. In Boston, Rialto. In Chicago, Bin 36. In Paris, Maceo. In Lyon, Leon de Lyon.

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A perfectly cooked pork chop.

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Cottage cheese. It looks like a baby spit up on the plate, and it has no flavor.
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Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, sometimes Chopped, ICA if one of my friends is competing.
That's really interesting. I have a friend (who I met here) who may be on Food Network Challenge soon. It must be really interesting seeing friends on TV!

By the way, what is ICA - either we don't get it in Canada or my mind isn't figuring out the initials!
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That's really interesting. I have a friend (who I met here) who may be on Food Network Challenge soon. It must be really interesting seeing friends on TV!

By the way, what is ICA - either we don't get it in Canada or my mind isn't figuring out the initials!
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:06 PM   #18
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From reading your Cook Book. Feastivals Cooks At Home (and your post here) I know Scallops are one of your favorite foods...Do you enjoy other shellfish...as in eating raw Oysters??? ~~ If so do you 'chew' or swallow them whole?

Do you like greens? (Collards, Mustard, Turnips) ~~ Have you ever been guilty of dipping your cornbread into the pot likker??

Do you like plain (no cheese) grits with just butter??

Do you like fried catfish and hushpuppies???

Do you keep a lot of wine on hand....as in a wine cellar of sorts...or do you just buy as needed based on future meal plans???
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have you always lived in metro new york, or have you lived in other places?
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